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American Psycho the Musical

Weekly Reprise: ‘American Psycho the Musical’ London Recording & UK ‘Kinky Boots’ Live Albums Coming >>

We here at 'Classicalite' understand that the week can be long and sometime some stories go unread. That is why we have devised the Weekly Reprise to keep you up to date on all the latest buzz. Show-Tune junkies get ready for next fix. It was recently announced that the London cast recording of 'American Psycho the Musical' will be released alongside the show’s Broadway debut. Starring 'Doctor Who’s' Matt Smith and featuring music by Spring Awakenings own Duncan Sheik, this blood soaked ode to the 80’s is a must grab. Speaking of must. Sony Masterworks is gearing up to release a live audio recording of the UK’s production of 'Kinky Boots.'

From the Canto Crooner: Ute Lemper Echoes Pablo Neruda with a Bandoneon Player at New York's 54 Below

Ute Lemper Brings Live 'The 9 Secrets' Performance to NYC >>

Grammy-nominated, internationally acclaimed artist Ute Lemper's collaboration with renowned best-selling author Paulo Coelho, 'The 9 Secrets,' release on earlier this month on February 12 via Steinway & Sons. In celebration, Lemper will perform the piece in its entirety in a fully staged production at Symphony Space in New York City on May 13.

Rick Wakeman

Rick Wakeman King Arthur Album Re-Recorded for PledgeMusic >>

World renowned English keyboardist, songwriter, author and actor Rick Wakeman is partnering with PledgeMusic for the re-recording of his classic third album, The Myths & Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table.

Peabo Bryson

Darby Williams Releases Music Video to Promote Debut 'ME' Album >>

Contemporary Jazz Singer Darby Williams and Grammy Award winner Peabo Bryson celebrate the release of "No One Knows" lyric video - directed by Mike Squires -- to accompany Williams' debut album, 'ME.'

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough to Perform Piano Concertos Album in Concert >>

Classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough is set to release his brand new album with the Andris Nelsons led City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos, on Hyperion Records April 8. Consisting of a rarely heard work by Antonín Dvořák alongside one of Robert Schumann's well-known piano concertos -- the juxtaposition exemplifies the characteristic idiom of both composers while revealing a new perspective on the pianistic writing of each, as well as the solo piano concerto form overall.

Yolanda Kondonassis and Jason Vieaux

Yolanda Kondonassis Brings Harp to Ginastera Centennial Album >>

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world's premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today's most recorded classical harpist. The 53-year-old virtuoso has recorded Ginastera's iconic Harp Concerto with the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra as part of a Ginastera Centennial album, which will be released by Oberlin Music and distributed by Naxos in October 2016. The commemorative album is produced by Erica Brenner with recording engineers Paul Eachus and Larry Rock.

'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

‘Hamilton’ Performing Live At 2016 Grammys After Best Musical Theater Album Nomination [HISTORY] >>

If tickets to see 'Hamilton' weren’t hard enough to get already, they are about to get a whole lot harder. That is after the few members of the public who have never heard of it get a chance to sample the opening from the show at this year’s Grammy awards. Not only is the show nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, but they will be performing the number "Alexander Hamilton" at this year’s ceremonies.

Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron

'Family Guy' Seth MacFarlane Receives Frank Sinatra Award >>

He may be known for his trend-setting animated series Family Guy and his raunchy buddy comedy Ted, but Seth MacFarlane isn't only interested in laughs. Since 2011, MacFarlane has released three albums of American standards from the '50s and '60s, with his latest, No One Ever Tells You, receiving a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal. And it is for those contributions that Barbara Sinatra will be honoring MacFarlane with the Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts at the 28th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational on February 20.

Mariss Jansons

Mariss Jansons & Vienna Philharmonic 2016 New Year's Concert Available on iTunes >>

It would seem the fans of the Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve concert are in luck as Sony Classical has just announced the scheduled release of their 2016 performance with director Mariss Jansons as an album next week followed by a DVD and Blu-ray release to follow in February. His third New Year's appearance with the famed orchestra is said to contain no less than eight works not previously heard within the framework of a New Year's Concert from Robert Stolz, Carl Michael Ziehrer, Emil Waldteufel as well as various members of the Strauss dynasty.

Watch Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson Perform 'All I Ask of You' Cover on PBS

Singer Josh Groban Fear Broadway Debut? >>

With his latest album, 'Stages,' consisting exclusively of songs from Broadway musicals, it seems apparent that the singer/songwriter's Broadway debut was never far from his mind, but the doesn't necessarily mean Josh Groban is excited to take on the challenge. In a recent interview the 34-year-old California native joked that despite his openly discussing the subject, the reality of taking on something like 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812' seemed overwhelming to him. Groban explained, however, that he is combatting his pre-show jitters by practicing for the part relentlessly.

Vanity Fair 2007 Tribeca Film Festival Party

David Bowie Will Not Die: Broadway ‘Lazarus’ & New Album ‘Black Star’ Released as Farewell to Fans >>

By now you have heard the news and sadly it is true. David Bowie has passed after more than a year of fighting cancer. The legendary musician and actor was a household name thanks to songs like “Space Oddity,” and “Ziggy Stardust,” and films like 'The Labyrinth.' Bowie was so synonymous with change that even his eyes weren’t the same. Bowie may be have left us but with one last Lazarus act, left his fans with the release of his final album, Black Star. Bowie’s legacy will also live in the upcoming Broadway musical, 'Lazarus' starring 'Dexter' and 'Hedwig' star Michael C Hall.

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to Release New Album, 'The American Masters,' Featuring Works by Barber, Corigliano and Mason Bates

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to Release New Album, 'The American Masters,' Featuring Works by Barber, Corigliano and Mason Bates >>

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will release 'The American Masters,' featuring works by Samuel Barber, John Corigliano and Mason Bates, on the eOne label on September 30.


Michael Cera Stars in Steppenwolf's 'This Is Our Youth' with Keiran Culkin & Tavi Gevinson; Releases Album 'True That' >>

Michael Cera released an indie lullaby of an album, True That, Beyonce style-- overnight fittingly on Bandcamp. To wit, Cera received a promotional Twitter announcement from old time friend Jonah Hill. Must have thought these up on set for This Is Our Youth with Tavi Gevinson and Kieran Culkin.

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